NISER: Courses, Cutoff, Fees, Placement

NISER: Courses, Cutoff, Fees and Placement

Are you looking for top science colleges in India for admission after class 12th? Have you come across NISER? If you already know NISER, you might wonder what courses it provides, the cutoff for admission, how much the fee would be, and whether you would get a job after studying at NISER. If you are looking for answers to your questions regarding NISER, this blog is definitely for you.

In this blog, we will discuss:

  • Courses Offered, Fees, and Scholarships
  • Entrance Exams and Cutoffs
  • Placements  

Courses Offered, Fees, and Scholarships:

NISER offers three types of courses: one is for undergraduates, while the other two are for postgraduate students.

  • Integrated BS+MS: This is a 5-year dual degree program in which you will get a master’s degree after 5 years. It is provided in the following subjects: Biology Sciences, Chemical Science, Planetary and Earth Science, Mathematical Science, and Physical Science. The fee for first-year students is Rs. 26,750. 
  • Integrated MSc + PhD: This is an integrated program for master’s students who aim to pursue a PhD. It is provided in the following subjects: Biology Sciences, Chemical Science, Planetary and Earth Science, Mathematical Science, and Physical Science. The fee for first-year students is Rs. 26,750.
  • PhD: PhD at NISER usually lasts 5 years but can vary depending upon field of research, supervisor and other factors. PhD program is provided in the following subjects: Computer Science, Earth and Planetary Science, Mathematical Science, Physical Science, Biology Science, and Chemical Science. The fee for the first-year students is Rs. 22,000.

After getting admission to NISER in the 5-year integrated MSc course, you are eligible for an annual scholarship of Rs 60,000 through the DISHA program of the Department of Atomic Energy and INSPIRE program by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). Additionally, recipients receive a grant of Rs 20,000 per annum for the summer internship. To know detailed information about the fee structure at NISER, check out this blog.

Entrance Exams and Cutoffs:

The entrance mode to each course is different. The entrance exams and cutoffs are given below: 

  • Integrated MSc: NEST (National Entrance Screening Test) is an entrance exam for admission to the undergraduate program. The cutoff marks for NEST is usually 80-90 for the general and EWS categories, while less than that for other categories. Check out this blog to know more about cutoffs of NISER. 
  • Integrated MSc- PhD: Admission to this program is based on the IIT’s JEST (Joint Entrance Screening Test) or JAM (Joint Admission Test) entrance examination. The cutoffs are not revealed by NISER, but from speculation, cutoff marks can be 27. If the admission panel finds your application interesting, they will inform you regarding your admission. 
  • PhD: Admission to PhD programmes is based on overall performance and marks received in any of the National Level Eligibility Tests such as NET, ICMR, ICAR, DBT, and GATE. The shortlisted candidates are asked to appear for a group discussion and a personal interview. After analysing your performance in interviews and examinations, your selection status will be emailed to you.

To know more about NEST 2024 and preparation strategies, check out this blog.


NISER does not conduct traditional campus placements like engineering or management institutes; it provides ample support and guidance to students seeking employment or further education. The institute has a dedicated placement cell that facilitates connections between students and potential employers. This placement cell was established in 2021. 

Research is at the core of NISER’s mission, and the institute offers numerous opportunities for students to pursue their scientific interests. Upon graduation, students can undertake research projects in collaboration with esteemed faculty members or pursue higher studies in renowned research institutions in India and abroad. NISER students have unique opportunities to contribute to defence research through internships, research projects, and collaborations with DRDO. The government agencies like BARC and DRDO actively recruit NISER students.

To know more about career options after NISER, check out this blog.


NISER is among the top research institutes in India. And being funded by the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), it gets more funding than IISERs. Though the industrial opportunities after NISER are limited, but the research opportunities are enormous. So, if you are preparing for NEST 2024 and aim to get admission to NISER in 2024, this blog will tell you some preparation strategies. If you want to strengthen your preparation and smoothen your journey to NISER, join our crash courses, where we provide PYQs, Mock tests, important notes and, most importantly- one-to-one mentorship.


Q: What are the eligibility criteria for NEST 2024?

A: To appear for NEST 2024, you must have cleared the class 12th examination or equivalent in 2022, 2023, or be appearing for it in 2024. Additionally, you should have at least 60% marks in aggregate (or equivalent grade) in the Class XII examination in the science stream from any recognized Board in India. The minimum requirement for SC, ST, and Divyangjan candidates is 55%. Lastly, you should secure a position on the NEST 2024 merit list.

Q: Is there any age criteria for NEST 2024?

A: NEST 2024 eligibility criteria no longer consider age, allowing students born before 1st August 2004 to appear for the exam.

Q: How can I apply for NEST 2024?

A: You can apply online by filling out your important details, creating a login ID and password, and completing the payment process. The application fee for 2024 is expected to be INR 1200 for General/OBC/EWS candidates and INR 600 for SC/ST/PWD/Female candidates.

Q: Does NISER offer any scholarships?

A: Yes, NISER provides scholarship programs such as DISHA and INSPIRE, offered by DAE and DST, respectively. 

Q: Can I get into ISRO through NISER?

A: Yes, you can get into ISRO after BSMS from NISER. Check out this blog to know more about this.

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